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Review: Mr. Sunshine

HOWARD MEGDAL: Despite some clear problems with the writing of the lead character, Mr. Sunshine has the chance to be a worthy addition to the ABC lineup- no small task on the same night as Modern Family.

AKIE BERMISS:Like Howard, my problem with Mr. Sunshine was not the premise, but the execution. It may not seem like it now, but I predict that when historians look back on this period of television, it will be considered the era of the great writers. And what Mr. Sunshine is lacking in is precisely that: good writing. Continue reading

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SNL in Review: Jim Carrey/The Black Keys

Not much of a Bloomberg impression, nor is the target here particularly clear. A distinctly unimpressive opening. Continue reading

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SNL in Review: Jeff Bridges/Eminem

HOWARD MEGDAL: This had some amusing moments, though it bought into the stereotypes about the politicians instead of anything biting about the politics, which limits the payoff. Good, not great.

ZOË RICE: I really enjoyed this. Perhaps it was the expressions of the politicians as their dream headlines hovered overhead, or perhaps I just found the headlines themselves giggle-worthy, but the cold open brought joy to my world. Continue reading

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SNL: Paul Rudd/Paul McCartney

HOWARD MEGDAL: On the one hand, I like this concept as-written a lot. On the other, have you noticed that Armisen’s Obama hasn’t improved even a little? He really mailed this one in.

ZOË RICE: A clever concept that succeeded better than other political fare this season. But oy was the content depressing. Continue reading

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SNL: Robert De Niro/Diddy Dirty Money

ZOË RICE: SNL’s recent political humor has paled in comparison to its TV/pop culture humor, and perhaps recognizing that trend, for this ep’s cold open they combined the two. And, indeed, a TMZ take on the Wikileaks-Julian Assange fiasco worked pretty well. However, for verisimilitude they could have given Armisen’s opening Obama a busted lip…do the writers still read the news?

HOWARD MEGDAL: Still, this worked nicely for me. Really liked the crossover aspect, that tapped into the gossipy nature of this round of Wikileaks. Good start, SNL! Continue reading

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SNL in Review Emma Stone/Kings of Leon

ZOË RICE: I was underwhelmed by Paul Brittain’s Harry Reid, which seemed awkward at best–and not in an appropriate way. The concept of the sketch may be topical, but the laughs just didn’t flow forth. Continue reading

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AKIE BERMISS: We, twenty-somethings! They speak ill of us. Our youth, our beauty, our unbridled exuberance. They are jealous of us, of course. It was ever thus. To be old is to be cynical — and much of that cynicism is aimed at the young. Of course, dependents are off-limits. Even 18, 19, and 20 are still considered childhood (mostly) in our society. Soon as you his 21 — that magic number — suddenly you are no longer above (or is it beneath, perhaps) reproach. Everybody knows how to do it better and everyone thinks you’re doing it wrong. That’s fine — that’s what being 20 is all about. Gotta let all the old-timers take pot-shots at you.

NAVA BRAHE: For those of you who are of my generation: born in the late 60s, screwed over in the late 80s, prosperous in the late 90’s – until the bottom fell out 2 years ago, you’re probably wondering what all this “emerging adulthood” business is about. Let me put it in a somewhat generational perspective for you, reminiscent of Gilda Radner’s beloved Saturday Night Live character, Emily Litella: “What’s all this I’m hearing about ‘emerging adulthood?” Well Emily, it’s just the 20-somethings’ way of postponing the inevitable; winding up like me.

THOMAS DELAPA:: I agree that generational generalizations can be simplistic and even misleading, but it’s one way (of many) of grappling with and understanding social trends… A lot of what we’re discussing seems to involve the changing American Dream for ordinary workers, young and old, if not its collapse. The financial stress and crushing foreclosures many people are experiencing mirror the monstrous national debt the country is facing. Individuals spent all that money on whatever (SUVs, big homes, home theaters, college, stuff) without thinking about the consequences, betting their home prices and wages would continue to rise. Likewise, the US of A. $1 trillion for a war in Iraq? No problem. Just borrow it. Whatever you do, don’t tax anyone to pay for it. In fact, lower taxes to get (re)elected. Continue reading

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SNL Recap: Zach Galifianakis / Vampire Weekend

STEVE MURPHY: I think most actual Obama speeches are funnier than this sketch. Maybe they should stop calling this a “Cold Open” and start calling it the “Dead Open?”

ZOË RICE: Eh, the opening was just not that funny. They could have done something much more clever about healthcare.

HOWARD MEGDAL: This drags, and is utterly aimless. How hard would it have been to make fun of Democrats, Republicans or even the general public here? The target was nobody. Continue reading

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SNL: Ashton Kutcher/Them Crooked Vultures

HOWARD MEGDAL: This one leaves me unimpressed. Pretty scattershot, and Gibbs wouldn’t appear on that panel, plus that isn’t remotely like Robert Gibbs. This one is overdone. Look, they show that Fox News is unbalanced. I already knew that. Even the Glenn Beck, by virtue of being material-free, wastes a good effort from Jason Sudeikis.

STEVE MURPHY: Not their worst… but not funny, either. Although I did enjoy looking at Abby Elliot.

ZOË RICE: The best thing about this open was Attractive Blonde Lady, which made me chuckle. Unfortunately the overall affect was slow, with a couple decent moments but not enough. Continue reading

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SNL: Charles Barkley/Alicia Keys

ZOË RICE: I expected little from Charles Barkley’s monologue, and so it surpassed my slim expectations. I give him a B; it picked up with “Pretty, in a kinda Jewish way” but of course then took a dip again with Kenan Thompson (although I like “Well, some of it’s great. And some of it we’re gonna do anyway.”) And it’s true, SNL, where are the black hosts? And also more talented black sketch comics?

STEVE MURPHY: I also loved the “pretty, in a kinda Jewish way” joke, but the rest of this suffered from Barkley’s signature speech impediment. It’s like he’s trying to talk with a mouthful of marbles. But agreed, they need some more diversity in this cast. Let’s get rid of Kenan and replace him with someone funny. Wait, did that make sense? Regardless, let’s replace Kenan.

HOWARD MEGDAL: It was really amusing at the end when Kenan Thompson did that voice that sounds like Kenan Thompson. Continue reading

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